And just like that, the Calgary Flames season is over.
The score was a lot closer than the game was, kind of like how the whole series has been. With the exception of game 1, where the Ducks scored on their chances, Calgary made the games closer than they probably should have been. Anderson was not great and Karri Ramo was exceptional, and that’s why we ended up with three close games to close out the series. In game six the Ducks outshot the Flames 47-19, including 7-0 in overtime.
“We had a chance but you lose a game, you lose a game,” Ramo said. “It’s a pretty empty feeling right now. It’s a tough team we played against. I think we can be proud.”
It was a fantastic season when you consider this was the first year of the rebuild, hopefully the experience in the playoffs makes the team grow up quicker and they come out next year hungry.
I’ll put together a season wrap-up post once the sting of losing out in the second round of the playoffs wears off.
It was a season full of surpassed expectations in Calgary and possible foundation blocks laid for future success. The Flames were predicted to finish near the bottom of the NHL standings by most preseason pundits, but Calgary not only reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs and finished ahead of the 2014 champion Los Angeles Kings for the final spot in the West, it also defeated the Vancouver Canucks and reached the second round for the first time since 2004.
The Flames did so despite losing defenseman Mark Giordano, a Norris Trophy contender, to a season-ending injury. Calgary will need to improve its depth, particularly on defense, and fix its issues with possessing the puck, but Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett could be an elite young core to build around.